Some favourite non-fiction:

Love & Limerence: The Experience of Being in Love – Dorothy Tennov

This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution – David Sloan Wilson

Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind – Kevin L. Laland

The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life – Kevin Simler & Robin Hanson

The Secret of our Success: How Culture is Driving Human Evolution – Joseph Henrich

Convergence: The Deepest Idea in the Universe - Peter Watson

The Prehistory of Autism – Penny Spikins

Ideas: A History – Peter Watson

Contingency, Irony & Solidarity - Richard Rorty

Philosophy & Social Hope - Richard Rorty

Pragmatism as Anti-Authoritarianism - Richard Rorty

A Companion to Rorty - Alan Malachowski

Facing the Shadow: Starting Sexual & Relationship Recovery – Patrick Carnes

The Case Formulation Approach to Cognitive-Behavior Therapy – Jacqueline B. Persons

Collaborative Case Conceptualization: Working Effectively with Clients in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy – Willem Kuyken, Christine A. Padesky & Robert Dudley

Listening to Their Voices: The Person-Centred Approach to Autistic Spectrum Disorder – Jan Hawkin

Developing Person-Centred Counselling - Dave Mearns

A Clinician’s Guide to Mental Health Conditions in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders – Eddie Chaplin, Debbie Spain & Jane McCarthy

Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change – William Miller & Stephen Rollnick

The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome - Tony Attwood

Overcoming Low Self-Esteem: A Self-help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques – Melanie Fennell

Climbing Mount Improbable – Richard Dawkins

The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene – Richard Dawkins

Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Evolution & the Meanings of Life – Daniel Dennett

Intuition Pumps & Other Tools for Thinking – Daniel Dennett

The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind & the Myth of the Self – Thomas Metzinger

Being No One: The Self-Model Theory of Subjectivity – Thomas Metzinger

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature – Steven Pinker

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature – Steven Pinker

Philosophy of Mind: The Key Thinkers – Andrew Bailey

Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction – John Heil

Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Readings – Timothy O’Connor & David Robb

Philosophy of Mind: Classical & Contemporary Readings – David Chalmers

Cognitive Therapy & the Emotional Disorders – Aaron T. Beck

Brain-Wise: Studies in Neurophilosophy – Patricia S. Churchland

Matter & Consciousness – Paul M. Churchland

The Mating Mind – Geoffrey Miller

How to Be Animal: A New History of What it Means to be Human - Melanie Challenger

Grooming, Gossip & the Evolution of Language – Robin Dunbar

Mind Make Societies: How Cognition Explains the World Humans Create – Pascal Boyer

Neurodiversity: The Birth of an Idea – Judy Singer

Cognitive Therapy for Personality Disorders: A Schema-focused Approach – Jeffrey Young

Evolutionary Theory & Cognitive Therapy – Paul Gilbert

Depression: The Evolution of Powerlessness – Paul Gilbert

Nature Via Nurture – Matt Ridley

Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge – Edward O. Wilson

On Human Nature – Edward O. Wilson

The Skilled Helper: A Problem-Management & Opportunity-Development Approach to Helping – Gerard Egan

The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology & the Generation of Culture – Barkow, Cosmides, Tooby

The Moral Animal: Why we are the Way we are - Robert Wright

Genes on the couch: Explorations in Evolutionary Psychotherapy – Paul Gilbert & Kent G. Bailey

Autism: A New Introduction to Psychological Theory and Current Practice – Fletcher-Watson & Happe

Human Nature After Darwin: A Philosophical Introduction – Janet Radcliffe Richards

The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating – David M. Buss

The Trouble with Testosterone: And Other Essays on the Biology of the Human Predicament – Robert M. Sapolsky

What is Addiction – Ross, Kincaid, Spurrett & Collins

The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World - David Deutsch

What’s Wrong with Us?: The Anthropathology Thesis – Colin Feltham

Darwin’s Bridge: Uniting the Humanities & Sciences – Joseph Carroll, Dan P. McAdams, Edward O. Wilson

Doubt: A History – Jennifer Michael Hecht

No Two Alike: Human Nature & Human Individuality - Judith Rich Harris

The Nurture Assumption: Why Children Turn Out the Way They Do - Judith Rich Harris

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry – Randolph M. Nesse

Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason & the Human Brain – Antonio Damasio

The Mental Life of Modernism: Why Poetry, Painting, and Music Changed at the Turn of the Twentieth Century – Samuel Jay Keyser

The Art Instinct – Dennis Dutton

Myths of Childhood – Joel Paris

Strong Feelings: Emotions, Addiction, & Human Behavior – Jon Elster

Straw Dogs – John Gray

The Mind is Flat – Nick Chater

How History Gets Things Wrong: The Neuroscience of our Addiction to Stories – Alex Rosenberg

Perv: The Sexual Deviant in all of Us - Jesse Bering

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari

Zen Mind, Beginners Mind – Shunryu Suzuki

The Philosophy of Autism – Jami L. Anderso

The Unfolding of Language - Guy Deutscher

Through the Language Glass - Guy Deutscher

We Don't Know Ourselves - Fintan O'Toole



Crystal, D. (2007) How Language Works. London: Penguin.

Everett, D. (2012) Language: The Cultural Tool. London: Profile Books.

Rorty, R. (2007) Philosophy as Cultural Politics. Cambridge: CUP.

Rorty, R. (2016) Philosophy as Poetry. Virginia: UV Press.

Wharmby, P. (2022) What I Want to Talk About:  How Autistic Special Interests Shape a Life. London: JKP.



Christensen, M.H. & Chater, N. (2022) The Language Game: How improvisation created language and changed the world. Bantam Press.

Burling, R. (2005) The Talking Ape: How Language Evolved. OUP.

Pearson, A. & Rose, K. (2023) Autistic Masking: Understanding Identity Management and the Role of Stigma. Pavilion Publishing.

Rorty, R. (1991) Essays on Heidegger & Others. Cambridge University Press.

Rorty, R. (2014) Mind, Language & Metaphilosophy. Cambridge University Press.

Rorty, R. (1979) Philosophy & the Mirror of Nature. Princeton University Press.

Rosqvist, H., Chown, N. & Stenning, A. (2022) Neurodiversity Studies: A New Critical Paradigm: 1st Edition. Routledge.

Wittgenstein, L. (2009) Philosophical Investigations: 4th edition. Wiley-Blackwell.



Some favourite fiction:

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

The Death of Ivan Ilyich - Leo Tolstoy

Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen

Possession - AS Byatt

The Brothers Karamazov -Fyodor Dostoevsky

1984 – George Orwell

Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

The Glass Bead Game – Hermann Hesse

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene

The End of the Affair – Graham Greene

Sword of Honour – Evelyn Waugh

A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh

Of Human Bondage – W. Somerset Maugham

The Razor’s Edge - W. Somerset Maugham

A Room with a View – E.M. Forster

Howard’s End – E.M. Forster

Lolita – Vladimar Nabakov

Dangerous Liaisons – Choderlos de Laclos

The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkein

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

Through the Looking-Glass & what Alice Found There - Lewis Carroll

The Innocence of Father Brown – G.K. Chesterton

The Complete Yes Minister – Jonathan Lynn & Antony Jay

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell – Susanna Clarke

A Perfect Spy – John Le Carre

Small Gods – Terry Pratchett

Lords & Ladies - Terry Pratchett

Right Ho, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse

The Once & Future King – T.H. White